Dawson advances to 6A Region III volleyball semifinals

PEARLAND DAWSON — The No. 6 state-ranked Dawson Lady Eagles faced a good Clear Brook squad, but in the end, the Lady Eagles proved they were ready for the competition and came away with a hard-fought 25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 four-set win to advance to the Class 6A Region III semifinals.

Dawson is now 43-4 on the season and registered their 18 consecutive win. The Lady Eagles will now play the winner of the No. 9 state-ranked Katy Cinco Ranch or the No. 7 state-ranked Fort Bend Ridge Point match on Friday, November 15 at Wheeler Fieldhouse.

Dawson led most of the first game by as much as 17-12 before Clear Brook battled back to cut the lead to 21-19.

The Lady Eagles went on 4-2 run to close out the first game 25-19.

The second game was another close battle as Clear Brook took early control to build a 17-10 advantage.

When the Lady Wolverines were leading 21-16, Dawson made a push to rally, but came up short 25-22.

The largest lead Dawson could muster mid-way through the third game was 12-8, but Clear Brook rallied to take a short 15-14 lead, but the Lady Eagles toughened up to re-take the lead 22-18.

Clear Brook got close before Dawson put them away on a 5-3 run to take the third game 25-21.

The Lady Wolverines were not going away in the fourth game even after Dawson built a 19-12 lead.

Clear Brook reeled off eight points leaving the Lady Eagles clinging to a 22-20 advantage, but Dawson was able to outscore Clear Brook 3-2 to end the set 25-22 to advance to the next round.

“Brook is a great team - really, really good,” Dawson head coach Lauren Leth said. “We had to find a way to get comfortable while getting hammered by Brook’s two fabulous right sides.

“It’s hard in our district where we don’t necessarily always have tough competition, so once our girls find somebody to play with us, it’s a challenge.

“Having this wake-up call, it took us a while to adjust to that type competition. Clear Brook is a great team, and I told our girls this is normal. This is the regional quarterfinals - it’s supposed to be competitive.

“Once we got past that panic, we settled in and played much better.”

Leth will welcome a few days rest before the Lady Eagles will have to face another state-ranked team as the ultimate goal is to win the regional crown and advance to the state volleyball tournament.